Pauanui Trail - Stage 1 Beginner
Submitted by Angela Hallberg
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
This is Stage 1 of the track, which is currently being extended through to Hikuai, and will eventually go right round to Tairua. The track is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers who do a fantastic job, occasionally after a big storm there may a bit of a washout but they deal with it as soon as they can.
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Follow the marked trail which takes you along the banks of the Tairua River - you really can't go wrong. You start by heading across the wetlands boardwalk to the boat ramp at the end of Tangitatori Lane. Continue up the trail which takes you along the foreshore around the back of the holiday homes on Tangitarori Lane, avoid trekking across the pa site (this is marked). You'll pass through the WW1 Memorial Forest, then the track splits - I usually keep left so take the more inland track on the way out and the one closest to the water on the way back. You'll follow the estuary around to the 4.5km mark which is the One Lane Bridge at Duck Creek, where currently the trail stops. Soon the trail will continue all the way to Hikuai, and eventually to Tairua, but for now turn around and head back the way you came, or take the road back if you fancy some hill work!
Features of interest
WW1 Memorial Forest commemorating the Sinai – Palestine campaign. Wetlands - please ensure any dogs are on leads so they do not pose a threat to birdlife
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
Follow Waterways Parade to the western end of the Pauanui Waterways The start of the Trail is sign posted on the left, adjacent to the "Ian Hopper Memorial Rock"
Plenty of parking along Waterways Parade.
Take your own, nearest amenities (water and toilets) are at the other end of Waterways Parade.
Can be muddy after rain, a bit exposed to cold SW winds up the river in winter, so wear warm clothes if this is likely.
Post run indulgence
There are several cafes at the main Pauanui shops - take your pick!
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